ringtail

noun ring·tail \ ˈriŋ-ˌtāl \
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of ringtail

1 : raccoon
2 : a carnivore (Bassariscus astutus) of the western U.S. and Mexico that is related to and resembles the raccoon called also cacomistle, civet cat, ringtail cat, ringtailed cat
3 : capuchin 3

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1844

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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